Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Altered Notepad Tutorial on Pickled PotPourri Designs!

Check out my latest post as a design team member, an Altered Notebook Tutorial on Pickled Potpourri Designs. It was so fun to create and hope you enjoy the tutorial too!

Have a wonderfully creative day!!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

What's brewing? Spring Coffee Lover's Blog Hop

Tombow watercolors can be used to make some fun watercolor backgrounds. For this particular card, I didn't want a perfectly smooth watercolor look so I used regular cardstock, stamped the Stamps of Life teapot randomly on the layer piece in Ranger ink and pulled out the Tombow markers.
How do you make a Tombow watercolor background? There are several ways but I'll share my process. First, you scribble on the block with Tombow marker and then spritz nearby with water.
Pick up a little water with a waterbrush.
Then, pick up a little color with your lightly damp waterbrush.
Loosely fill in the teapot with your lightly damp brush to give a somewhat of a primitive look, especially as the brush dries out.
When switching colors, don't forget to clean off the block first so you don't contaminate your marker colors. And, after playing with colors and using a light color (in this case pale yellow) to highlight the teapots, it was finished off with some shimmer spray to give it a touch of sparkle. I love this primitive look. It's just what I was going for. You could totally make a smooth saturated look if you used a watercolor cardstock but I really wanted a streaky look so kept the brush more on the dry side. 
 Here's the finished project. Simple and sweet. Maya Road Dandelion Twine and some paper flowers are the final embellishments. 
Here's a close-up of the layered flowers under the pretty twine.
So, that's my 5th card for the hop. I had to pass on yesterday as I had some calendars to make.

I hope you play with your Tombows and experiment with different looks. And, I hope you are considering playing along with the hop!

Have a wonderfully creative day!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Perfect Blend: Spring Coffee Lover's Blog Hop

What happens when you mix pink and shimmery grey? You get a light and happy spring card for a coffee loving friend which is my 4th entry into the spring coffee lover's blog hop.
The wildflowers, butterflies and dragonflies are from one of the British stamp magazine inserts. Shimmery happiness was added around the card with clear and silver Wink of Stella pens.   The Uniko cup is stamped on stone and the butterflies were added to keep the pink and grey combo going. Washi, pearls and shimmery fussy cut dragonflies finish off this soft look.

Hope you find time to play in this super fun hop! Have a wonderfully creative day!